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Moldovan parliament speaker becomes sole contender for presidential office

December 14, 2011, 10:52 UTC+3

To be elected President, a candidate needs 61 votes in his favour

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CHISINAU, December 14 (Itar-Tass) —— Moldova's parliament speaker Marian Lupu, who performs the duties of a provisional head of state, is the only candidate for Moldovan president in the elections scheduled for December 16, Tudor Deliu, the chairman of the parliamentary commission for presidential election, said late on Tuesday.

“Late in the day, the commission registered Lupu as candidate for president after he had submitted all necessary documents and signatures of all lawmakers from the three parties of the ruling coalition Alliance for European Integration,” he said.

“Theoretically, the opposition party of communists may also nominate its candidate, but they never said they would two hours before document receiving is over,” Deliu stressed.

Moldova’s parliament has been unable to elect a national president – a power that is vested in parliament by the national Constitution – for almost two years by now.

To be elected President, a candidate needs 61 votes in his favour, while the right-wing ruling Alianta Pentru Integrare Europeana /Alliance for European Integration/, which Lupu is a candidate of has only 59 votes.

The opposition Communist Party that refused to vote for Lupu back in 2009 has the remaining 42 seats in the 101-seat parliament. In case, neither of candidates scores 61 votes, the parliament is to be dissolved.

The country’s Election Commission says the registration of candidates is to be over December 15. Tuesday was the last day potential candidates could file their documents.


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